Sammy Rimington & the Mouldy 5: Reed My Lips
English born Sammy Rimington is the featured player on this reincarnation of the quintet, although all members get plenty of opportunity to spend time in the solo spotlight. Rimington is a disciple of George Lewis whose style was shaped by the non creole playing tradition rather than by the famous New Orleans clarinet teacher, Lorenzo Tio, Jr. who taught and influenced many of the clarinet players in the Crescent City. Thus Rimington has a wide vibrato and frequently employs glissandos which were so common to the George Lewis school. Many of the tunes on this CD clearly reveal this approach, but especially a lovely "Where the Blue of the Night" (Bing Crosby's theme song) and "The Best Things in Life Are Free". The former features some fine piano by Sinclair. The slow drag tempo special to this music is best articulated in the "Mouldy Five Blues". This tune by the way is a head arrangement was not planned for the session, but just came up during the set. They just started playing it feeding off each other's imrpov.
Bill is on New Orleans type drums putting away his trombone for this session. Emil Mark's banjo keeps time throughout sustaining the rhythm for each tune making Colin Bray's bass almost unnecessary. This unique album - - unique mainly because of the play list - - of New Orleans jazz makes one glad that the Mouldy 5 have returned after almost 40 years. This CD is recommended.
Track Listing: The Best Things in Life Are Free; Magic is the Moonlight; I Want You; Where the Blue of the Night; The Old Spinning Wheel; Beautiful Ohio; River Stay `Way from My Door; Roses of Picardy; Forgive Me; Mouldy Five Blues; Rock of Ages; Red Sails in the Sunset; Smiles; On the Road to Home Sweet Home; Where the River Shannon Flows; When the Swallows Come back to Capistrano; Should I?; One Sweet Letter from You
Personnel: Sammy Rimington - Clarinet; Bill Sinclair - Piano; Emil Mark - Banjo; Colin Bray - Bass; Big Bill Bissonnette - Drums
Record Label: Jazz Crusade
Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing